An Israeli nuclear whistleblower says Tel Aviv is still taking revenge on him after jailing him extendedly for exposing Israel’s controversial nuclear program.
In 1986, the nuclear technician, Mordachai Vanunu was sentenced to 18 years in prison for revealing details about Israel’s nuclear program and the military activities at the Dimona nuclear facility, in central Israel, where he was a worker. The compromised material provided convincing evidence that Israel possessed a nuclear arsenal.
Having served his entire prison term, he was released in 2004 while still bound by a number of restrictions, including an obligation to remain in Israel. He has also been arrested several times for allegedly violating the terms of his release.
On Monday, the 55 years old, appealed to the Israeli Supreme Court against the ban, saying, "This is just childish revenge by Israel, too much offended by such scandal," the Associated Press reported him as saying.
"The Cold War is over, it will never come back…Freedom now, that’s what I want, fly to freedom now," he added.
Earlier in the month, US-based International League for Human Rights said Vanunu had been awarded with the 2010 Carl von Ossietzky medal. German journalist Ossietzky won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1935 for speaking out against the Nazi Party.
Vanunu dropped an earlier nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize because Israeli President Shimon Peres had received the award in 1994.